The second annual iHeartRadio Podcast Awards final night time was a one-hour occasion, beginning at eight PM Pacific, that honored one of the best and the brightest on the planet of podcasting throughout quite a lot of classes. The occasion was streaming stay on YouTube in addition to on LiveXLive, the music streaming platform, and audio was carried on iHeart stations throughout the nation.
The present was a major enchancment over final 12 months with no pause breaks, much less awkwardness, and no backstage footage of celebrities being chummy with one another. It featured nice exhibits, nice stars, and like practically each podcasting occasion at present, it tried to clarify podcasts to an viewers that may not be aware of how fashionable they’re and used a variety of information and statistics all through. “Billions of downloads. Millions of hours of content,” the opening crawl introduced. Since iHeart has one of many largest stars on the planet signed to a podcasting contract they wasted no time in using him instantly. Will Ferrell took the stage as the printed occasion kicked off with a jean jacket and some days of bear development, and amused the gang together with his now-familiar rambling, seemingly stream of consciousness fashion supply. He joked about at all times eager to be in podcasting as a result of “its one of the fastest growing mediums in the country with more than half of the people in the United States having listened to one,” and “accidentally” confused Netflix with podcasting. “I remember the thrill when podcasts were delivered in those little envelopes to my house in seven to ten days,” he delivered deadpan. Aaron Mahnke and Jake Brennan have been the primary award presenters and began the night off proper by saying that Man within the Window was the winner within the True Crime class and in a touching second journalist Paige St. John accepted the award and mentioned it validated the ladies who made it doable and that it was time for them to talk up. In between awards, a video montage was proven of varied podcasters like Dan Rubenstein of Sports activities Wars speaking about how they made their exhibits and in regards to the tales they needed to inform. “I love connecting with people through audio and podcasting has given me that opportunity,” Dan Pashman of The Sporkful mentioned. With no business breaks, this made for a really efficient transition between folks approaching and off stage. Then, in an odd tone-deaf second, The Breakfast Membership received the Greatest Pop Tradition award and Charlemagne Tha God declared that “As long as we work for iHeart we’ll always win this award.” Jack O’Brien, the inventive director of the iHeart Podcast Community dealt with the backstage interviews with winners eschewing the extra polished and camera-friendly Mario Lopez who they’d final 12 months. He was studying off of playing cards and got here off slightly of the cuff and wore a jean jacket and an open-collared buttoned shirt which made him seem like he simply rolled as much as the occasion and albeit, slightly unprepared. “It says on my card you’ve won something called a pull-,” “Pulitzer,” Paige St. John corrected him. “Is that how it’s pronounced?” he requested her. In direct distinction, Hernan Lopez, CEO of Wondery, took the stage to introduce the Innovator Award and as at all times he seemed polished and his speech was crisp and insightful. He introduced the winner was NPR’s Lifekit, a present about serving to folks clear up issues of their life on each degree. One other welcome boost to the present this 12 months was two stay mini-podcast onstage interviews the place the friends and the host sat at a desk in entrance of microphones. The primary was Hernan speaking with Mathilde Piard from Lifekit and the second was Neil Strauss, of To Stay and Die in LA, presenting the Audible Audio Pioneer Award to Tenderfoot TV represented by Payne Lindsay and Donald Albright. These segments showcased podcasting in its truest, most genuine kind. Different highlights have been:
- A particular efficiency by Gavin DeGraw singing his hits “Soldier” and “I Don’t Want to Be.”
- Conan O’Brien accepting the award for Greatest Comedy Podcast for Conan O’Brien Wants a Pal and gave an extended Oscar-worthy speech that was humorous, filled with vitality, and thanked everybody that labored on his present. “Good night everybody!” Conan yelled on his means out.
- Aaron Mahnke profitable a shock victory for the Greatest Total Male Host award together with his trademark real sincerity and humbleness. He topped a crowded discipline which included: Malcolm Gladwell, Roman Mars, and Marc Maron.
Within the curiosity of time, a number of winners, like Blackout for Greatest Fiction Podcast, have been awarded earlier than the stay stream and introduced in bunches throughout breaks between awards. Two small technical notes: About eight minute earlier than the official broadcast started, somebody who I couldn’t establish thanked the friends straight for being one of the best and brightest of their fields and reminded them that it was a “lightning fast show and I’ll see you at the after party.” Clearly, this was not speculated to be aired. Additionally, the very finish of the stream had some audio glitches that interrupted the ultimate speech. None of this nonetheless, precluded the largest podcast awards present from delivering the products with a presentation that was head and shoulders above final 12 months. Till Spotify or Luminary makes their very own awards, iHeart has the stage all to themselves and so they’re setting the tempo for the trade.
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